Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

eBook - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
A man is reminded of how it feels to love fiercely, to fight for a loved one and to work through the pain of letting go as he becomes gradually aware of his devoted bond with his aging canine companion. A first novel.

Simon and Schuster
A national bestseller combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, “Lily and the Octopus is the dog book you must read this summer” (The Washington Post).

Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Introducing a dazzling and completely original new voice in fiction and an unforgettable hound that will break your heart—and put it back together again. Remember the last book you told someone they had to read? Lily and the Octopus is the next one. “Startlingly imaginative...this love story is sure to assert its place in the canine lit pack...Be prepared for outright laughs and searing or silly moments of canine and human recognition. And grab a tissue: “THERE! WILL! BE! EYE! RAIN!” (New York Newsday).

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
ISBN: 9781501126246
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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IndyPL_ChaseM Jun 26, 2019

In "Lily and the Octopus," Lily is a dachshund, and the octopus is a brain tumor that sits atop her head. Lily and her owner, Ted, spend their nights playing board games, eating pizza, and talking about cute boys. Their bond is strong until the octopus comes between them.

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IndyPL_KristiS Jan 29, 2019

" A story about that someone special, the one you can't live without" For Ted Flask that is Lily a dog.


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IndyPL_ChaseM Jun 26, 2019

In "Lily and the Octopus," Lily is a dachshund, and the octopus is a brain tumor that sits atop her head. Lily and her owner, Ted, spend their nights playing board games, eating pizza, and talking about cute boys. Their bond is strong until the octopus comes between them.

This book was given to me because I have always grown up with dachshund and currently live with two. The author, Steven Rowley, wrote this book as a way of dealing with the grief of losing his own dachshund, also named Lily. Needless to say, he expertly captures the spirit of how quirky wiener dogs can be - stubborn, playful, loving, sometimes jerky, brave beyond their size... (Dachshund owners will know what I'm talking about.)

The first person narrative might be a little off-putting to some readers, but I felt it reflected the anxiety and desperation anyone would feel watching a loved one go through something painfully tough. The story overall is much like a dachshund - quirky.

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moaaberg1
May 13, 2019

A well-written book filled with wit, joy, heartbreak and hope. I laughed and cried.

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goldenbeetle
May 09, 2019

A great book to read on a rainy day.

Tender, sweet, and sentimental.
The protagonist deals with his beloved dog, Lily, succumbing to a malignant tumor and supports her throughout the illness.

Made me shed a couple of tears.

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snailgem
May 06, 2019

The story was not what I expected. First of all, the octopus was evil. Also, it was a sad story, get the tissue, but very sweet.

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FabulouslyWeird
Feb 04, 2018

Ted and Lily will grab your heart strings. Within you will follow a journey of true love to the end... and how life goes becomes a battlefield and how life inevitably goes on afterwards. You will not be able to just read and forget this story. Perhaps you will find your own methods to deal with your own octopus' after reading this book.

Vilka Nov 14, 2017

Very touching story about an anxiety-ridden middle-aged guy not long out of a bad break-up and now dealing with the failing health of his best friend--his aging dachshund, Lily. Humorous scenes of his mother, sister, close (human) friend, and ineffectual therapist trying to help him through this most difficult part of his life.
Relatable story for anyone who has ever loved a pet or had to deal with the illness of a loved one.
Now don't cry. ;P

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HRNA04
Nov 08, 2017

This was a great book, but beware - it’s a tearjerker! Lily is a great companion to Ted, and they’re story is a good one. The 1st chapter I was skeptical, but I really like it!

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jezicuhh
Jul 24, 2017

This one had so much promise in the beginning, but totally lost me in the end. It was just too metaphorical and complicated. I wanted to call it a tear-jerker but it wasn't for me.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Jun 26, 2017

A funny, sincere, tear-jerking book for any dog lover.

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chopchop
May 25, 2017

A wonderful book. A must read for any dog lover.

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